Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Peter Andreas Thiel (October 11, 1967) is an American business magnate, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. With Elon Musk and Max Levchin, ... More »Peter Andreas Thiel (October 11, 1967) is an American business magnate, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. With Elon Musk and Max Levchin, Thiel co-founded PayPal and was its CEO. He currently serves as president of Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund with under $700 million in assets under management, and a managing partner in The Founders Fund, a $275M venture capital fund that he launched with Ken Howery and Luke Nosek in 2005. He was an early investor in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, and sits on the company’s board of directors. Thiel was ranked #365 on the Forbes 400 in 2010, with a net worth of US$1.5 billion. However, this number now underestimates his wealth as his Facebook share alone, at a 2010 valuation, is worth US$1.7bn. Peter Thiel lives in San Francisco, California. Born in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, and raised in Foster City, California, Thiel was a US-rated Chess Master and one of the highest ranked under-21 players in the country... [ Wikipedia ]

Tech-savvy Communes Could be the Answer to SF’s Housing Issues

Even Peter Thiel saw the value in coliving and plopped a good portion of his young Thiel Fellows into now defunct “ The Glint ” (though it looks like it’s coming back ). Tom Currier runs Campus – a networked community of nine coliving properties sprinkled throughout SF — including a ...

AdRoll Raises $70M Led By Foundation As Ad Tech And Retargeting Hit The Big Time

This new round was led by existing investor Foundation Capital, with participation also from several new investors such as Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede; as well as existing investors Merus Capital, Accel Partners and Peter ...

AdRoll raises $70 million as its expands 'retargeting' into mobile

... the $1.55 billion valuation Series E round at Lending Club after previously leading the Series C." New investors in the deal include Institutional Venture Partners, Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede, while other return backers include Merus Capital, Accel Partners and Peter Thiel...

Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

A $250 million round led by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, which Airbnb raised in 2012, was only disclosed publicly in 2013 (at TC Disrupt in Berlin, as it happened). In other words, it isn’t clear when the company when the company will announce this round, either. What it will mean is ...

Why investors are pouring millions into Kickstarter and Indiegogo

" Consider: Investor Peter Thiel "was able to get into Facebook early on at a $5 million valuation [but] the public wasn't able to get in until the I.P.O. at a $104 billion valuation," Neiss said. "These early investors in crowdfunding platforms are betting on who will be the next ...

The London Fintech Boom TransferWise And Others Hit Record Numbers

Note that the canny Peter Thiel, PayPal’s co-founder, is one of their investors. The company, rumoured to be partnering with Facebook, has seen the total volume of cash sent it sends internationally jump from £125 million to £1 billion inside just 11 months. TransferWise’s peer-to-peer ...

Amid Reports Facebook Is Eyeing Up Financial Services, TransferWise Hits £1 Billion In Transfers

... the European P2P money transfer service TransferWise, has hit a major milestone today: Its platform has processed £1 billion of customers’ money, an eight-fold increase — £125m to £1bn — since May last year when the company raised a $6 million series A round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures...

Brooklyn Tech Entrepreneurs to city students: Drop out

The lesson echoed statements by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who in 2010 launched a fellowship that encourages high-school grads to bypass college and comes on the heels of the HBO premiere of “Silicon Valley,” which features a fictional character with Thiel-like feelings about college. ...

After Raising $70 Million, AdRoll Looks To Be The Acquirer, Not The Acquired

In addition to Foundation, Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede have joined, as well as existing investors Aceel Partners, Merus Capital and Peter Thiel. Berke put extra emphasis on the inclusion of Institutional Venture Partners, however, whose principal Eric Liaw will now ...

Salaries Startup Founders Pay Themselves

For instance, venture capitalist Peter Thiel won't invest in any startup that pays its CEO more than $150,000, period. So he said in his Stanford CS183 class on startups: A categorical rule of thumb that Founders Fund has developed is that no CEO should be paid more than $150k per year. ...

Five British tech companies to watch

TransferWise, which recently closed a $6m funding round led by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, allows individuals and companies to send money oversees for a fraction of the fee charged by banks and Western Union. The trick is that much of the money transferred does not cross borders: if ...

Terasem, Transhumanism and the Singularity: Technology and Religion

People like Google’s Larry Page and PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel are investing in projects focused on life extension and rejuvenation. A portrait of Bina and Martine Rothblatt (left to right) photographed in April 2010. George Tolbert Portraits on the wall of Terasem’s Florida ...

Top Twitter execs, big shareholder won't sell soon

Twitter is trying to avoid the fate of rival Facebook Inc. The social networking site's largest outside investors, including Peter Thiel and Accel Partners, sold large chunks of their stakes at the earliest opportunity after the company's 2012 IPO, while the stock was already falling. ...

Declara's social enterprise network is making teams smarter and now it's $16M richer

Declara delivers an enterprise platform that fosters individualized learning, empowered by big data, accelerating innovation and enabling collaboration.” Declara was founded in 2012, and raised its $5 million in seed funding last September from Peter Thiel, Founders Fund, and Data Collective...

Declara raises $16 million for personalized learning

" Declara has about 58 employees and is backed in part by Twitter co-founder Peter Thiel. Contact Heather Somerville at 510-208-6413. Follow her at

AdRoll Secures $70 Million to Mainstream Retargeting, Double Down on Mobile

New investors include Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede, who join existing investors Merus Capital, Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. In conjunction with the financing, Eric Liaw of IVP will be joining the AdRoll board as a board ...

Deals of the day: What will Comcast sell? The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

New investors included Institutional Venture Partners, Northgate Capital, Performance Equity and Glenmede, while other returning shareholders included Merus Capital, Accel Partners and Peter Thiel. Read more at Fortune. Birchbox, a New York-based monthly subscription service for curated ...

Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Differ | Greg Lukianoff

The authors, who include such well-known figures as Andrew Sullivan, Eugene Volokh, Peter Thiel, Margaret Hoover, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Jonathan Rauch, state: We support same-sex marriage; many of us have worked for it, in some cases for a large portion of our professional and ...

Teen Breaks World Record With Very Unique Whistling Talent (VIDEO)

Sujay Tyle, who started attending Harvard when he was only 15-years-old, dropped out of college after earning one of Peter Thiel's 20 under 20 Fellowships. He explains the importance of paving your own road. Khadim Diop gives a powerful performance of a poem titled "Frankenstein," where ...

Declara Lands $16 million in Series A Investment Led by GSV... PALO ALTO, Calif., April 23, 2014

Its investors include GSV Capital, Data Collective, Founders Fund, Catamount Ventures and Peter Thiel among others. For more information, visit and follow us at @declara...

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